Owen Norwalk, Aryan Sant and Makenzie Swindle walked away with the top three spots during the IPS District Spelling Bee in January. But they will be joined by 13 other IPS scholars when the Marion County District Spelling Bee begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16.

The regional bee will be held inside the IUPUI Campus Centre Theatre, 420 University Blvd., located on the lower level of the Campus Center.

Student registration begins at 9 a.m., with the practice round starting at 9:30 a.m., and the competition at 10 a.m. The regional spelling bee is free and open to the public.

“Advancing to the regional competition is an academic accomplishment based on word knowledge. Students compete with other school champions in Grades 4-8 from different schools,” said Kathy Herald, IPS Curriculum and Instruction Elementary ELA content specialist. “I hope students enjoy the academic competition and take pride in their personal level of achievement.”

The 18 IPS students competing in the Marion County Regional Spelling Bee are:

  • Owen Norwalk, seventh grade, Center for Inquiry School 84
  • Aryan Sant, fourth grade, Sidener Academy for High Ability Students
  • Makenzi Swindle, sixth grade, George Washington Carver School 87
  • Auriana Shabazz, eighth grade, Edison School of the Arts 47
  • Kevin Acosta, seventh grade, Harshman Middle School
  • Cole Weidenbach, seventh grade, Center for Inquiry School 2
  • Colvin Meek, fourth grade, Center for Inquiry School 84
  • Desmond Francis, fifth grade, Center for Inquiry School 70
  • Ebony Harris, eighth grade, Northwest Middle School
  • Edgar Hernandez, sixth grade, Lew Wallace School 107
  • Adrian Tapia, fifth grade, Meredith Nicholson School 96
  • Damon Ballard, eighth grade, George Washington Carver School 87
  • Elliot Hunt, seventh grade, Rousseau McClellan School 91
  • Nathan Durcholz, seventh grade, Center for Inquiry School 27
  • Lillaina Sams, eighth grade, James A. Garfield School 31
  • Karenna Smith, fourth grade, Daniel Webster School 46
  • Kian Kirkpatrick, fifth grade, Center for Inquiry School 2
  • Williams Jenkins, sixth grade, Francis W. Parker School 56